WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, January 14. THE Virginia Tech swimming team took home 19 event titles and broke 10 pool records as it defeated the William & Mary Tribe at the W&M Recreation Center Natatorium Saturday afternoon. The women recorded 10 event titles as they defeated William & Mary, 148-111, while the men topped the Tribe 151-103 and took home nine titles.
The Tech women improved to 7-4 on the season, while the men advanced to 7-3 overall.
“Today was a great day for the H2Okies,” commented head coach Ned Skinner. “We raced hard and had a lot of fun and William & Mary was a tough opponent. The women kept their poise and energy and really accelerated, while the men continue to show how much depth and versatility we have within our lineup. We broke a total of 10 pool records which is something we are really proud of now since we are in a really strong training phase and William & Mary brought some really great swims out of us.”
Junior Heather Savage went undefeated today as she took the gold in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and swam the top legs of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. Her 200 medley relay team consisting of Alyssa Bodin, Meaghan Holloway and Sabrina Benson swam a time of 1:44.28 breaking the first pool record of the day.
In addition to the 200 medley relay, Savage also set a new pool record in the 100 backstroke. She swam a time of 55.68, which is over one second faster than the previous pool record (56.92) which was set a year ago.
Addie Carne, Katie Rogers and Benson joined Savage in the 400 freestyle relay that swam a time of 3:30.49 to take the last women’s title of the day.
Following Savage was Benson, who also took home four titles. In addition to the two relay medals, the freshman took the individual titles of the 100 freestyle (51.85) and the 100 butterfly (56.10).
Bodin and Erika Hajnal both took home two individual titles as well. Bodin swept the breaststroke events, as she touched the wall first in the 100 breast at the 1:04.40 mark and in the 200 breast at the 2:21.71 mark. Hajnal took the titles in the 200 butterfly (2:02.98) and in the 500 freestyle (4:56.60).
Starting the day off strong for the men was the 200 medley relay team of Charlie Higgins, Nathan Hoisington, Gregory Mahon and Adam Skipper. The quartet set a new pool record with a time of 1:31.61.
Seven different H2Okies took home individual titles for the men, including Jake Ores, Charlie Higgins, Mahon, Matt Baumler, Michael Hallock, Collin Higgins and Hoisington.
Ores kicked off the day individually for the Tech men, touching the wall first in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:52.80 which set a new pool record. Two events later, Charlie Higgins took the gold in the 100 backstroke coming in with a time of 49.99 which also set a new pool record.
In the next event for the men, Mahon took the title in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall at the 57.52 mark. Baumler took the next event title and set a pool record, coming in with a time of 1:49.49 in the 200 butterfly.
Hallock was the next gold medalist, swimming a time of 47.34 in the 100 freestyle, while Collin Higgins followed in the next event, taking home the gold in the 200 backstroke (1:50.80). Hoisington took the gold in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.76.
Capping of the day for the men was the 400 freestyle relay team of Bryan Uncur, Greg Morgan, Mahon and Zach McGinnis that swam a pool record time of 3:04.29. Uncur led the quartet swimming the first leg with a time of 46.00 to help the team break the pool record by more than two seconds.
“We continue to look forward to the ACC Championships segment of the season and Georgia Tech and Miami coming into town next weekend we really hope to continue build on these swimmers success and hard work.”
Tech will jump back in the water Saturday, Jan. 21 as it hosts Georgia Tech and Miami at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center for Senior and Parent’s Day. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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